The top ‘intelligences’ for entrepreneurs

the capacity to analyse problems logically

In 1993 Howard Gardner wrote – ‘in the heyday of psychometric and behaviourist eras, it was generally believed that intelligence was a single entity that was inherited.’

Understanding that this is a narrow way of looking at how entrepreneur’s operate, Gardner then came up with the analysis of other forms of intelligence.

The areas which our survey said were ‘the top traits’ for entrepreneurs were firstly interpersonal skills and then secondly their logical and mathematical ability.

It is clear and understandable that the ability to get on with people, read them well and relate to them, such as selling to customers and also managing teams to perform are key attributes.  

This can be detailed as the foregoing; the capacity to understand the intentions, motivations and desires of other people. You need a well-developed, if not first class, proficiency in interpersonal intelligence to succeed when being persuasive or influencing outcomes.

The second such skill in respect of logic and mathematics can be detailed as this; the capacity to analyse problems logically, carry out fast and accurate mathematical calculations and to investigate issues scientifically are key. Perhaps the first two attributes are more important than the third.

However our entrepreneur needs to know at a glance either intuitively or instinctively if the numbers add up to a profit, or perhaps how much he or she is investing before returns are required and needed.

People and numbers, bear this in mind.